Safety at Sea, Basic Navigation and First Aid Training

To comply with one of the standards, MDPI works with the Provincial Search and Rescue team to conduct Safety at Sea, Basic Navigating Skill and First Aid Training. Each registered fisher must attend this training at least one time. MDPI has conducted these trainings since 2014, with a new training organised whenever there is a new Fisher Association joining the program.

In this training fishers are trained in how to survive at sea, basic surviving skills when they are at risk of drowning, how to read a compass and GPS device and also how to dress their wounds and fractures, what to do when they find people unconscious and safe ways of giving CPR. MDPI also distribute booklets and materials for fishers to refresh their trainings and perhaps share the knowledge with family and friends.

Organizational, Conflict Resolution and Bookkeeping Training

Building the organisational and management capacity of the fishermen is a key activity for making the Fisher Associations and Fair Trade Committees successful. In the beginning of the formation, MDPI trains all the registered fishers on the requirements and criteria that need to be satisfied to achieve certification, such as understanding each role in the Fisher Association and Fair Trade Committee, organizing meetings, writing their meeting minutes, understanding the voting process, estimating their catch forecast, Premium Fund spending plan and writing proposals and project implementation reports.

Recently, MDPI invited Yayasan Pengembangan Dan Pemberdayaan Masyarakat (YPPM – Community Development and Empowerment Foundation) to further equip the committee to fulfill the roles and responsibility and become more independent in managing their Fisher Associations and Fair Trade Committees. The two days of training was held in September 2016 for fishers in Seram and February 2017 for fishers in North Buru. The sessions include conflict resolution techniques and basic bookkeeping.